Church leaders' reaction at Pope Benedict’s sudden decision to retire

Lancashire Telegraph: Church leaders' reaction at Pope Benedict’s sudden decision to retire Church leaders' reaction at Pope Benedict’s sudden decision to retire

LEADING East Lancashire Roman Catholics have reacted with shock to the sudden retirement of Pope Benedict XVI.

They praised the 85-year-old, who will quit at the end of this month after nearly eight years, for recognising his age made continuing unwise.

The Vatican expects a new Pope to be elected before Easter after the first papal resignation since 1415.

Pope Benedict said: “Due to an advanced age, I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me.”

Father Jim McCartney, founder of the Thomas Project and priest of Sacred Heart and St Anne’s RC Churches in Blackburn, said: “It’s come as an immense shock.

“I thought that he would continue to the end, but it is says a lot about him that he put the needs of the Church first.”

Monsignor Terence Brain, Roman Catholic Bishop of Salford, said: “This is unexpected news, but the Holy Father will not have made this decision without much prayer and reflection.”

Greg Pope, former Hyndburn MP and head of parliamentary relations for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said: “In common with the great majority of Catholics I am extremely surprised. It is without precedent since medieval times for a Pope to abdicate so we are in uncharted waters.

“I think he will be remembered as a great Pope.”

Michael Wright, head of St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, said: “This came as a total shock. Pope Benedict’s actions illustrate his humility. It is clear that he is worried about his ability to fulfil the demands of the role in light of his failing health.”

Father Brian Kealey, priest of Christ the King RC Church, Burnley, said: “The Pope has served the church faithfully for a great many years. He has had the sensitivity and intelligence to realise the limitations that come with tiredness of old age.”

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Lancaster Michael Campbell said: “The news was a shock and a cause of sadness to many Catholics. We can but admire his courage in deciding that he no longer possesses the physical and mental strength to continue.”

The leader of Lancashire’s Anglicans John Goddard, Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn, said: “I was surprised. It must have been a very difficult decision to make. It is undoubtedly a brave decision based on his ailing health and a personal acknowledgement of what this means for his ability to fulfil the role effectively.”

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6:16pm Tue 12 Feb 13

sen c b l says...

Australian human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson say's Pope's resignation could expose him to lawsuits from victims of paedophile priests. "It would have been both astonishing and courageous, a few years ago, had it been offered in atonement for the atrocity to which he had for 30 years turned a blind eye - the rape, the buggery and molestation of tens of thousands of SMALL boys in priestly care. The Pope's 'command responsibility' goes back to 1981 when he was appointed head of the Vatican body that disciplines errant priests.
Australian human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson say's Pope's resignation could expose him to lawsuits from victims of paedophile priests. "It would have been both astonishing and courageous, a few years ago, had it been offered in atonement for the atrocity to which he had for 30 years turned a blind eye - the rape, the buggery and molestation of tens of thousands of SMALL boys in priestly care. The Pope's 'command responsibility' goes back to 1981 when he was appointed head of the Vatican body that disciplines errant priests. sen c b l

7:00pm Tue 12 Feb 13

sen c b l says...

Pope benedict was born, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, Bavaria, Germany. Following his 14th birthday in 1941 RATzinger was conscripted into the Hitler Youth. In 1943 he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps as Luftwaffenhelfer (AIR FORCE CHILD SOLDIER). RATzinger then trained in the German infantry. As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he desserted back to his family's home in Traunstein after his unit seized toi exist, just as the American troops had established their headquaters in RATzinger household. As a German soldier he was put in a POW camp but was released a few months later in the summer of 1945. He reentered the seminary along with his brother Georg in November of that year.

A NAZI POPE.
Pope benedict was born, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, Bavaria, Germany. Following his 14th birthday in 1941 RATzinger was conscripted into the Hitler Youth. In 1943 he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps as Luftwaffenhelfer (AIR FORCE CHILD SOLDIER). RATzinger then trained in the German infantry. As the Allied front drew closer to his post in 1945, he desserted back to his family's home in Traunstein after his unit seized toi exist, just as the American troops had established their headquaters in RATzinger household. As a German soldier he was put in a POW camp but was released a few months later in the summer of 1945. He reentered the seminary along with his brother Georg in November of that year. A NAZI POPE. sen c b l

7:56am Wed 13 Feb 13

mavrick says...

I hope they appoint a much younger pope. Someone who can bridge the generation gap in beliefs, The Catholic church still has a lot of apologising and explaining to do. The Nazi connection is one along with the ongoing sexual abuse, To its abuse of the poor. These issues need to be taken head on and dealt with once and for all.
I hope they appoint a much younger pope. Someone who can bridge the generation gap in beliefs, The Catholic church still has a lot of apologising and explaining to do. The Nazi connection is one along with the ongoing sexual abuse, To its abuse of the poor. These issues need to be taken head on and dealt with once and for all. mavrick

3:26pm Wed 13 Feb 13

drunken donut says...

What does the popes imaginary boss think?
What does the popes imaginary boss think? drunken donut

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